For the music director; by David; written to get God’s attention. 2
O Lord, hurry and help me! 4
70:2 May those who are trying to take my life
be embarrassed and ashamed! 5
May those who want to harm me
be turned back and ashamed! 6
70:3 May those who say, “Aha! Aha!”
70:4 May all those who seek you be happy and rejoice in you!
O God, hurry to me! 14
You are my helper and my deliverer!
O Lord, 15 do not delay!
2 tn Heb “to cause to remember.” The same form, a Hiphil infinitive of זָכַר (zakhar, “remember”), also appears in the superscription of Ps 38. Some understand this in the sense of “for the memorial offering,” but it may carry the idea of bringing one’s plight to God’s attention (see P. C. Craigie, Psalms 1-50 [WBC], 303).
6 tn The four prefixed verbal forms in this verse are understood as jussives. The psalmist is calling judgment down on his enemies.
sn See Ps 35:4 for a similar prayer.
7 tn The prefixed verbal form is understood as a jussive in this imprecation.
9 tn Heb “those who love,” which stands metonymically for its cause, the experience of being delivered by God.
10 tn The three prefixed verbal forms prior to the quotation are understood as jussives. The psalmist balances out his imprecation against his enemies with a prayer of blessing on the godly.